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Band & Jazz Auditions



Band Enrollment

It is never too late to sign up for band!
Students who would like to enroll in band, percussion, or jazz classes for the 2016-2017 school year should email Mr. Kurinsky at mkurinsk@hinsdale86.org.



Band Auditions

8th Grade Band Student Auditions:
The primary audition dates for 8th grade band students attending Hinsdale Central for the 2017-2018 school year are Monday, November 14, 2016, and Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  8th grade students request an audition time using the online Audition Registration Form.  Students auditioning for jazz will audition at the same time.  Download the band and jazz audition music and instructions listed in the columns on this page.  Audition results will be released after winter break.

Hinsdale Central Band Student Registration:
Current Hinsdale Central students will be assigned an audition time slot during the week of November 7, 2016.  Audition results are part of the second quarter grade, they are used for chair placement this school year, and also determine placement in the 2017-2018 bands.  Audition results will be released after winter break.

Hinsdale Central Jazz Auditions:
Current Hinsdale Central jazz students will audition must audition and audition dates will be announced soon.  Audition scores are part of the third quarter grade and are also used to select the 2017-2018 Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble.



How Can I Improve My Audition?

The first thing an audience hears, either audition judge or school concert, is your sound. Take lots of time listening, either on YouTube or go buy several CD's with professionals that your teacher recommends, and begin developing a characteristic tone in your head. Recording yourself is a great way to start hearing if your tone is improving. Audacity is free, downloadable recording software that is easy for anyone to use. 

Second, making a good sound doesn't matter unless you put it in the right place. Focus on your ability to count with a metronome. We use SmartMusic software that utilizes a click and you will be asked to audition with the metronome playing in the background. Get used to the click by either purchasing SmartMusic and practicing with the audition etudes or by using your metronome at home.

Third, become very comfortable with standard rhythms and get as close to being able to read them the first or second time with great accuracy. Find standard method books or jazz books and practice sight reading. There is a great article titled, 5 Steps to Mastering Sight-Reading from www.jazzadvice.com

Fourth, any moment in life that asks you to give your best in a snapshot will naturally trigger some level of nerves or anxiety. Amateurs and professionals struggle with performance anxiety, but the performer needs to learn to deal with those mental and physical reactions and they differ for everyone. Frequently performing your prepared piece for family and friends is the best way to get the body and mind used to the performing experience. 

Articles on how to overcome performance anxiety:

How to Take Ownership of an Audition 

When Every Performance is Molto Agitato

Finally, the success that many of our Wind Ensemble students experience is not just luck or talent. Those students put in daily practice on the described concepts mentioned above along with diligent work on fundamentals that are specific to their instrument. 

Doing anything in life that will set you apart from others requires patience and perseverance. We recommend developing a practice log with your teacher indicating where weak points are and how you plan to address them.

Good luck and happy practicing.

Mr. Goeke & Mr. Kurinsky






Jazz Audition Downloads 2016

Instructions:

Sheet Music PDFs:

MP3 Audio Files:
Etude Listening: IND Line
Etude Play Along: IND Line
Improvisation: Billie's Bounce
Sight Reading Accompaniment: Moonmen

Rubric:
Jazz Audition Rubric